But at least the Countryside Alliance admits, when faced with the evidence of an almost complete lack of breeding hen harriers in England, and Bowland Betty’s shooting in northern England, that the odd case of gamekeepers bumping off hen harriers does exist.
Martin Harper did a good job putting the case for protected birds of prey on the Today programme yesterday (50 mins in). Good for him! I’m sure if he had had more time he might have asked for Defra and Natural England (for they are one and the same these days) to make public the locations of the ‘disappeared’ – satellite-tagged hen harriers whose tags stopped transmitting. The level of wildlife crime is completely unacceptable and should be opposed by government on behalf of us all – all except the criminals that is.
It is difficult to imagine that either of these ‘real country people’ will be writing to their MPs to ask for the funding threat to the National Wildlife Crime Unit to be lifted even though their radio broadcasts demonstrate clearly the need for it. So do please contact your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion 603 as a contribution towards protecting birds of prey.
And good for Alan Hewit for setting up this epetition on the subject too. Please sign it – and let’s hope that some major wildlife conservation organisations support it too.
We need to see an increase in resources being given to fighting wildlife crime.